I need a little help with my lower abs. what are the best exercises for them? Are there any that don't involve to much leg use? And no it isn't my bf % that is the problem.
Front leg raise is the only exercise I can think of
Squats work better than supplements.
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leg lifts (capt.'s chair) or pikes is all i can think of
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I like leg lifts by laying on a flat bench that is for flat BB presses, scooting down on the bench a little and grabbing the bar that is racked and your rear end is just on the edge of the bench. This allows you to keep the back flat and also add DB's between the ankles for weighted leg lifts.
get on a swiss ball. Do weighted crunches on there and do 8-12 reps for about 4 sets to failure.
If you're starting out and not too strong in your lower abs, try a reverse crunch. Lay with your shoulders to the floor and bring your knees to you chest. Add weight as it gets easier.
The other is hanging leg lifts. Hang from a chin bar and either bring your knees to your chest or lift your legs straight out in front of you (making an L shape). As you get better, bring your ankles to the bar you're hanging from.
REVERSE DECLINE CRUNCHES ARE THE BEST ABS EXERCISE EVER!!
hmmmmmmm... will i ever be big enough?
Something from over at ExRx ( http://www.exrx.net/WeightTraining/M...#anchor7441959 )
Lower Abdominal Myth
It is widely believe the lower abs are exercised during the leg raise or other hip flexor exercises. It can be misleading to judge the mechanics of an exercise based upon localized muscular fatigue. The primary muscle used in hip flexion is actually the Iliopsoas, one of many hip flexors. The Iliopsoas, indeed, does happen to originate deep below the lower portion of the Rectus Abdominis. During the leg raise the entire abdominal musculature isometrically contracts (contracts with no significant movement) to:
Posture the spine and pelvis
Supports the weight of the lower body so the lumbar spine does not hyperextend excessively
Maintains optimal biomechanics of the Iliopsoas
Hips are kept from prematurely flexing if the lumbar spine and pelvis does not hyperextend excessively
Iliopsoas can contract more forcefully in a relatively slight stretched position
Bent knee (and hip) situps actually place Iliopsoas in a mechanical disadvantage
Counteracts Ilopsoas's pull on spine
Many people with weak abdominal muscles are not able to perform hip flexor exercises without acute lower back pain or discomfort
The combination of the local muscular fatigue, or a burning sensation from the isometrically contracted abdominal muscles, and from the working hip flexors produces fatigue in the pelvis area which we mistakenly interpret as the lower portion of the Rectus Abdominis being exercised. In movements where the Rectus Abdominis does Isotonically contract (contracts with movement), it flexes the spine by contracting the entire muscle from origin to insertion. The spine is not significantly flexed during the leg raise. Incidentally, both the spine and hip flexes during the Sit Up and Hip Raise. See Spot Reduction Myth above.
I thought this was the case... You can't isolate a certain part of a muscle... Thats what i've heard from places like this forum anyway...
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